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Happy Yule to those who keep it. I got up and greeted the sun on this shortest day of the year and left out some food in my Elder Hedge for the garden, for the ancestors, for the turning of the year "Remember me as I remember you..." Tonight at sundown I will light the red and green lights in the Elder Hedge, and my ancestor candle in the window that they may see it's light, and remember me as I remember them... And I celebrate the year's turning, especially due to the darkness we have had both in the world and on the forum, I am looking forward to the return of the light with renewed hope in my life.

 

M

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This dark season has been a very odd one for me. I've experienced triumph, success, and exciting new beginnings along with sorrow, helplessness, and endings. I had a lot of plans for some concrete things I was going to do today but they're not going to be possible and that's ok. Their essence has already manifested. I am looking forward the next season also, and anxious to see what it brings.

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Another Soltice has come, and it is a time of new beginnings. When I went to look at last years Solstice Greetings, our Spinney posted, such a festive Video. It's not able to be re-visited. That video that she provided for our pleasure, meant alot to me, as I had just buried someone cherished dearly to me.

 

 

Our Solstice came at 5:12 a.m. this year, very still, very sobering. I looked at last years photo, no snow, this year is different, a lovely white blanket. My thoughts carry that

old thinkings are "covered, and laid to rest ". It's a time for me to push "new thinking" and take what is offered during this time, for new beginnings, bringing forth new and unchartered places on my Path. Opening up to this celebration of new times. Laying to rest those thought processess that would keep me in a box labeled. I am more than just a label, and so are those who I've come into friendship with here.

 

Energy shifted, I'd be lying if I said it didn't. I welcome Solstice and look eagerly forward for what awaits in comming days of growth on my Path.

 

 

 

Regards,

Gypsy

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Happy Soltice! CG you are right. Hubby and I had trouble sleeping last night as we both felt it. We woke in the night/early morning and sat up talking for about an hour or so. I also look forward to putting the past to rest and towards the comming time of growth. There is much fear and negativity in the air today around here. I'm hoping that people forget their fears soon as they figure out that the world is not ending.

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Happy Winter Solstice and Yule !

 

Perfect timing ! Today i went to the post office to check my PO Box and there was a large brown envelope.

 

Got my very first issue of The Cauldron magazine from Mike Howard.

 

So tonight I will be drinking wine coolers, beers, and enjoy the magazine in the late hours of the Winter Solstice - Yule

 

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Happy Yule! Good Spaed to all, and for my Allies, my Ancestors, the Hedge and the Otherworld, the Holly, the Ivy and the Elder and the Returning Light.... "Remember me as I remember you"

 

M

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What a year..

 

Another Soltice has come, and it is a time of new beginnings. When I went to look at last years Solstice Greetings, our Spinney posted, such a festive Video. It's not able to be re-visited. That video that she provided for our pleasure, meant alot to me, as I had just buried someone cherished dearly to me.

 

Not the only one CG

 

Our Solstice came at 5:12 a.m. this year, very still, very sobering. I looked at last years photo, no snow, this year is different, a lovely white blanket. My thoughts carry that

old thinkings are "covered, and laid to rest ". It's a time for me to push "new thinking" and take what is offered during this time, for new beginnings, bringing forth new and unchartered places on my Path. Opening up to this celebration of new times. Laying to rest those thought processess that would keep me in a box labeled. I am more than just a label, and so are those who I've come into friendship with here.

 

Have to agree, there are things I need to put in my past

 

Energy shifted, I'd be lying if I said it didn't. I welcome Solstice and look eagerly forward for what awaits in comming days of growth on my Path.

 

Regards,

Gypsy

 

New begginings and all that they bring forth, certainly a time growth and strength.

 

Happy Winter Solstice and Yuletide greetings to all

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To go with my above post :-)

 

Nope. Didn't work :-(

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To the other end, I hope my Australian compatriots had a wonderful Summer Solstice, it was very quiet for me but that's just the way I like it.

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Happy yule,may you all prosper in what you ask for. :thumbsup:

Very nice M.

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Oh yippy-yahoo-and-obwanna-kick-botty by george I think she's got it...

 

Is that the 'candle' you were talking about in chat? I admit it does look lovely! :)

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Is that the 'candle' you were talking about in chat? I admit it does look lovely! :smile:

 

Awww.. yes it is, and although it is not a real flame (which I do very much support a real flame/hearthfire if you can) it is a battery candle that I can easily burn for 12 days non-stop (including one behind the curtains in the window) with no worry of fire hazard. So faced with going battery or doing nothing it really worked out well for me, and I am sure it's light was noticed by those it was meant for :-) It will "burn" until 12th night. I got a box of 3 of them for 9 bucks and each takes 2 AAA bateries (no - the candles don't vibrate, lol)!!!

 

M

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To the other end, I hope my Australian compatriots had a wonderful Summer Solstice, it was very quiet for me but that's just the way I like it.

 

I am curious - do you go by the heat/whether down under, or do you go by the earth's energy and follow the Winter season even though it is summer? Is your spirit world there more active in "winter" (your summer) or in "summer" (our winter)??

 

M

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I am curious - do you go by the heat/whether down under, or do you go by the earth's energy and follow the Winter season even though it is summer? Is your spirit world there more active in "winter" (your summer) or in "summer" (our winter)??

 

M

 

I'm confused by this, M. The Earth's energy isn't winter in the Southern Hemisphere right now, it's summer and as such the Northern Hemisphere doesn't dictate what the Earth energy is in it's entirety is my thought on it. The seasonal energy is about how the Earth and the Sun interact together not just about the Earth as a whole. In all the Wiccan books I have read and Wiccan/Pagan/Witches I have seen from the SH talk about it they observe it from where they are. That makes the most sense to me as where they are that is exactly the dance the Sun and Earth are entangled in.

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I'm confused by this, M. The Earth's energy isn't winter in the Southern Hemisphere right now, it's summer and as such the Northern Hemisphere doesn't dictate what the Earth energy is in it's entirety is my thought on it. The seasonal energy is about how the Earth and the Sun interact together not just about the Earth as a whole. In all the Wiccan books I have read and Wiccan/Pagan/Witches I have seen from the SH talk about it they observe it from where they are. That makes the most sense to me as where they are that is exactly the dance the Sun and Earth are entangled in.

 

Interesting, and makes sense - I have not been out of the NH (although I am close to the equator) so I am not familiar with their climates... It would be very interesting to feel what the difference would be like once one crosses the equator. I know that although the weather is more conducive to plant growing in the winter here, in the spring everything still tries to start up even if it is hot and muggy. I wonder when the spirit world is most active in the SH? I totally have no answer to that as I have no experience of it...

 

M

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I didn't DO anything, but it is so comforting to me just to OBSERVE the never-ending cycles. Even when I'm too out of it to observe the moment a significant event took place, it's comforting to recognize that it HAS passes and to think about which one is next. And I make plans I never keep, but... doing that is comforting too, as long as I accept that there is nothing wrong in just letting the cycles carry me. The cycles don't need me to keep them turning. I can just hitch a ride, when I'm low. I try to just let it all soak into me, like water fills a dry sponge.

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I don't think anybody has to " do " anything, I just embrace the time of year, reflect on the past year events that took place that directly impacted my own life cycle.

 

Continueous cycle that is moving on with or without me. I don't know what the future holds in store for me, yet I surely can see how the past may have added a defining moment to my thought processess. Do I look at this moving on with dread or anticipation..... only I can make that choice, my Path still requires of me, a walking and practicing, and exploration, to the best of my physical and spiritual ability, day by day. Just my thoughts only.

 

 

Regards,

Gypsy

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I celebrated with a good feast of roast lamb with family. Then my beloved son and I made talismans for the year ahead and our family ancestors came in to help.

We felt really happy at the end of our working. For the first time I included my Witches Ladder made by RavenFlyer in the spells and ritual and it was a big hit. Now relaxing for the rest of the festive season.

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As for what I did I laid in bed sick along with the rest of our family. What we had *planned* was a little fire in the backyard, a nice supper, and some crafts (fun for the kiddos, magical for me). I also had planned on tending a candle in the window all through the night. What a let down!

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my Path still requires of me, a walking and practicing, and exploration, to the best of my physical and spiritual ability, day by day.

 

I agree. Day by day, we "do" to the "best" of our ability. Over time I've developed a more gentle definition of "best". "Best" used to always include pain; now it seldom does. I'm usually enjoying "best" now. And "best" has more to do with ME, and less to do with what OTHERS want and expect.

 

I always end out "doing" more for Imbolc than Winter Solstice, but I can't say that Imbolc ends out being more significant, because of that. The events arrive rhythmically each year, and I often respond to them in the same rhythms, some more actively or passively than others. Now that I think about it, don't some traditions focus on the cross quarter days and NOT actively celebrate the solstices and equinoxes any more actively than a moon?

 

I don't know. Winter Solstice is a weird time, when defined by modern American expectations, by people of all paths. It arrives each year awash with expectations and memories, and people are exuding so much hope and pain. There is SO much going on around me, that it's hard for me to start ADDING even more things. Imbolc provides so much more room, and I can feel more then, when I don't have so much armor on. The cacophony quiets, and I FEEL the new year, down inside my very core.

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